Zakynthos TOWNS


Photo Alikes is a crowded resort settlement of 300 inhabitants, situated 18 km northwest of Zakynthos. The area took its name after the saltworks (: alikes), which supply the whole island with salt. The beautiful sandy beach attracts many visitors during the summer.


Photo The small village of Exo Hora is situated 36 km east of the island's capital. It is a mountainous village with a few old houses. It is probably one of the few villages which were not destroyed in the earthquake of 1953.


Photo The small, seaside resort of Zakynthos is situated before Laganas bay, 7 km south of the island's capital. The sandy beach attracts a multitude of tourists during the summer, making this a crowded resort. In August, the sea-turtle Caretta-caretta, seeks refuge here.


Photo Keri is situated 20 km southwest of Zakynthos. It has a population of 700 inhabitants. The lovely village is situated on a green hill. The traditional stone houses and the quiet narrow streets create a unique scenery. The village's church, of Panagia Keriotissa, dedicated to the Assumption is exquisite. The beach of Limni is a smaller, but very beautiful settlement. From Keri one should take a walk to the beacon located on the island's most southern area. The view of the sea and the islets opposite is remarkable.


Photo Maherado is a big, traditional village with 1,000 inhabitants, situated 10 km west of Zakynthos. The village's notable attractions are the church of Ipapandi (14th century) and the church of Agia Mavra (14th century). Many people come here to bring offerings to Agia Mavra's miraculous icon. The best season to visit the village is summer as it is the time when the festival of Agia Mavra takes place.


Photo The complex of the villages of Ano Volimes and Kato Volimes is situated 30 km northwest of the island's capital, and it has a population of 1,200 inhabitants. The scenery is beautiful and picturesque due to the traditional houses. The most impressive sight in Volimes is the church of Agia Paraskevi, with its remarkable icons, frescoes and skillfully carved icon stand. The village's economy is based on stock-farming and the area's agricultural products. A carpet-making school is located here. From Volimes, one should visit the monastery of Agios Andreas, the monastery of Agios Georgios Ton Gremon, the Tower at Mikro Nissi -7 km to the east- and the Blue Caves (Galazia Spilea) at Cape Skinari, to the north.


Photo The town of Zakynthos, with a population of 10,000 inhabitants, is the capital, situated in the eastern part of the island. Most of the old town was ruined in 1953, during the earthquake which shocked the Ionian Islands and from which only a few buildings and churches servived. Upon the ruins, the new town was built, preserving the traditional architecture of the Ionian Islands. It was only fair to call Zakynthos "Fioro di Levante" (Flower of Lavender), because of the town's beauty and gentility. The crowded highway by the sea, Strata Marina, and the surrounding alleys concentrate the biggest part of the island's commercial and cultural life. The town's most significant churches that survived the 1953 earthquake, are: Panagia Agelon, Panagia Faneromeni, Agios Nikolaos Molou and the church of the island's protector - saint, Agios Dionissios. One should also visit the town' s museums: the Museum of Dionissios Solomos and of other prominent Zakynthians, the Byzantine Museum, the Museum of Occupation and Resistance against the Germans and the Municipal Library. From the town, one should visit the hill of Strani, where Dionissios Solomos stood and gazed at the sea. In the central square one will admire the statue of Dionissios Solomos. On top of the hill around which the town is built, one will admire the ruins of a Venetian fortress. From the hill's slope where Bohari is situated, one will admire the majestic view.